Since 1976,

Hedlin Ag Enterprises has specialized in retained executive search for agribusinesses and agricultural associations throughout the United States. Why has it endured since founded by Larry Hedlin? It’s our philosophy and dedication to strive to be the best, not the biggest.



This person will initiate and manage sustainability projects and innovative research that enables Iowa Corn to be an agricultural leader for environmental issues and cost-effective sustainable production practices. This individual will report to the Director of Research and Development and collaborate with the staff and grower leaders to develop programs in connection with the Iowa Corn strategic plan, Iowa Corn Board of Directors goals, committee goals, and Iowa Corn Growers Association® policy.

The position will lead projects that relate to agricultural sustainability, water quality, soil conservation, soil health, nutrient reduction, carbon sequestration, and other issues identified by their direct supervisor. This individual will collaborate with the Technology Commercialization Manager who is working on production research, genetic research, phenotyping, and developing new traits in corn. This individual will evaluate opportunities for Iowa Corn to partner with other organizations, universities, private foundations, or companies who are implementing environmental projects. The person will also work with state and federal government agencies to implement cost share programs or grants for production practices. This position will perform other duties assigned by their direct supervisor.


The following are the essential duties of this position and do not include marginal functions that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. The scope and duties of a given position may change or be temporarily altered based on the business needs of Iowa Corn Growers Association.

1.     Research & Development

This person will initiate, coordinate, and manage projects that improve agricultural sustainability, soil health, and accelerate adoption of best management practices. This individual will identify new production techniques, review industry technology, and evaluate start-up companies related to sustainability. They will investigate soil health, nutrient loss, carbon sequestration, and water quality to understand management options and implications for agriculture. They will write an appropriate feasibility plan, opportunity analysis or a summary of results for Iowa Corn’s involvement in research, nutrient reduction, sustainability, and carbon sequestration.

2.     Partner Organizations

This person will collaborate, participate in partner organization meetings, and serve as a technical consultant for research organizations, universities, agricultural organizations, coalitions, water quality initiatives, consortiums working on sustainability, commodity group collaborations, state andnational corn grower organizations, agricultural industry initiatives, and other advisory groups. They will evaluate and participate in current industry initiatives to understand the opportunities and support projects that sustainability in agriculture.

3.     Information & Outreach

This individual will provide information to growers about sustainable practices and progress on improving environmental stewardship. They will provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote crop growth, reduce erosion, reduce runoff, and sequester carbon. They will represent and speak on behalf of Iowa Corn at events and meetings. They will develop information for Iowa Corn newsletters, publications, and outreach.

4.     Committee & Board Meetings

For projects related to sustainability, soil health, carbon, or water quality, this person will identify agenda items, coordinate meetings, present updates, review minutes, write updates, manage the budget regarding environmental programs for the board of directors and appropriate committees of Iowa Corn. This individual will make recommendations to appropriate committees for Iowa Corn involvement and funding for projects.

5.     Progress Measurement

This individual will analyze data from studies, trials, surveys, and scientific reports from various sources to convey to the Board, staff, committee members and farmers about environmental practices. This person will utilize this data to measure progress of farmer adoption and the impact of Iowa Corn funding and policies. They will utilize a stage gate process in determining which research projects to fund, measuring progress to meet the appropriate milestones, and evaluating the impact of the project.

6.     External Funding

This individual will coordinate and write letters of support for other organizations seeking funding. They will coordinate, write, and submit grant applications to appropriate government agencies and private organizations for internal funding to leverage Iowa Corn investments.

7.     Policy Development & Government Regulation

This individual will work with staff to support the ICGA policy development process and develop comments for proposed government rules. They will seek input from growers on regulations and policy. This person will represent Iowa Corn in various government advisory committees and policy groups.


Education Required

  • Master’s Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or related field

 Education Preferred:

  • Doctoral Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, or related field

Experience Required:

  • 2-5 years working in research or outreach related to agronomy, soils, or crop production
  • Experience with presenting to groups
  • Experience working with farmers and government agencies

Experience Preferred:

  • 2-5 years working in research or outreach related to agronomy, soils, or crop production
  • Experience with presenting to groups
  • Experience working with farmers and government agencies
  • 5 years of experience managing projects related to agricultural production or sustainability

Position Requirements: Ability to learn on the job and adapt to challenges.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient organization and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and work well in a team environment.
  • Understand the need to support the organization to work effectively by adhering to the attendance and punctuality standards and does not burden co-workers and supervisors unfairly with unnecessary and unplanned absences and lateness.
  • Analytical and highly motivated individual with acute attention to detail.
  • Must handle sensitive or confidential information with discretion.
  • Able to work efficiently with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Windows to complete job tasks.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of people including farmers, government officials, and non-government organizations (NGOs).
  • This position requires knowledge of soils and soil properties related to agricultural production, carbon sequestration, and water quality. Must be willing to travel.
  • A valid driver’s license is necessary for required travel in Iowa to meet with farmers and attend events in rural communities, on a farm or in fields.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills: Ability to perform intermediate PC functions including spreadsheet formulas and functions, queries, tables, merges, and special reports.

Decision Making: Responsibilities are guided by a general set of policies or objectives.

  • There is considerable freedom to make decisions within these policies or objectives.
  • Work is periodically reviewed to determine if objectives have been met.
  • Supervisor or other personnel would handle any problems not covered by these instructions.


Association employees work in a professional office environment that is highly visible to its members and isentirely smoke free. Depending on schedules, remote work is possible up to two days per week with the expectation of three days per week in the office. Outside of office travel is required with some overnights.


  1. Represents Iowa Corn positively, professionally, courteously and effectively.
  2. Assists or takes on new tasks to help Iowa Corn achieve its mission.
  3. Maintains confidentiality regarding personnel and organizational information.
  4. Shows sensitivity and respect for the cultural and ethnic diversity of members, staff and other community members and groups.
  5. Adheres to Iowa Corn’s Code of Ethics at all times.


This is a full-time salaried position with an excellent benefits package.

All inquiries and information will be handled in strict confidence.   Interested parties should contact:

Kevin Drury

Hedlin Ag Enterprises

Ankeny, IA 50021

Phone:  515-964-7997   Email: